Pakistan?s Irfan signed by Kolkata Knight Riders

LAHORE: Pakistan?s tall fast bowler Mohammad Irfan has signed a one-year contract with Kolkata Knight Riders for playing Indian Premier League.

Talking with media here today at the National Cricket Academy, Irfan said that after the trials were held for including new players in Kolkata Knight Riders, he was offered a contract which he has accepted.

Mohammad Irfan said he desires to play for his country and hopes he would soon achieve his goal.

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Atta to be sold at Rs20/kg in Punjab ?Bachat Bazars?

LAHORE: Pakistan Flour Mills Association (PFMA) has announced that Atta will be available at Rs20 a kilogram in Bachat Bazars across Punjab from tomorrow (Sunday).

Chairman PFMA Liaquat Ali Khan said that government will be supplying Atta in Bachat Bazars at Rs20 per kg while in open market the commodity will be made available at Rs21.25 a kilo.

He said 20 kg bag of Atta will be available at Rs400 in the open market.

According to sources, the Punjab government has released a subsidy of Rs4.5 billion for flour mills under Ramazan Package.

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?Doctor not in secret agency?s custody?

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THE Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) on Monday informed the Lahore High Court that the missing doctor of the Jinnah Hospital, Ali Abdul

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Sindh, Balochistan to get showers for 2 more days

ISLAMABAD: The ongoing system of rains will continue across Sindh and Balochistan provinces for two more days, Geo News reported Pakistan Metrological Department (PMD) as saying.

Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Director General Met Office, talking to media said the rain-causing wind system is still continued, which will cause scattered rains in isolated places of two provinces.

He said a new floodtide would reach Guddu Barrage on August 14 or 15, issuing causations for flood-hit areas in Sindh province.

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US adds $20 mn for flood relief

WASHINGTON: The US will provide an additional $20 million in relief funding for the flooding in Pakistan that has killed more than 1,600 people in the last two weeks, a US official said on Tuesday.

That amount brings the total US contribution to $55 million and will help account for a wider area now being affected by the flooding, said Mark Ward, acting director of the State Department”s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance.

The US military has sent helicopters into the region to ferry victims out of the danger zone, while the US government has sent other humanitarian aid supplies.

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Central Ruet-e-Hilal committee meets today

ISLAMABAD: The meeting of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee for sighting of moon of Ramazan-ul-Mubarak 1431 Hijri will be held on Wednesday (August 11).

The committee will meet under the chairmanship of Mufti Munib-ur-Rehman at the building of Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), Main University Road, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi, says a press release issued by the Press Information (PID) here Tuesday.

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Floods wreak havoc in Diya Mir; 30 killed, 150 missing

DIYA MIR: At least 30 dead bodies have been recovered while over 150 persons are still missing after a massive land sliding caused huge tides of floodwater in a local channel Diya Mir district of Gilgit-Baltistan on Wednesday, Geo News reported.

Several people have lost their lives and over 150 persons are missing, sources told media.

The floodwater also washed away around 200 houses and the main link-bridge in the city, rendering the district cut with other areas of country.

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Notices issued to cable operators for end of channels blockage

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira on Tuesday said that notices have been issued to the cable operators that had blocked transmission of certain television channels.

Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has already issued notices to three or four cable operators and ?We would investigate the issue and find out facts behind the incident,? he said.

Denying the impression that transmission of certain television channels was blocked at the instruction of the Pakistan People?s Party leadership, Kaira said in Pakistan there are more than 2,700 cable operators and if a few of them had blocked transmissions it did not mean the government was behind it.

In a programme telecast on a private news channel, the minister said that if the transmission of certain television channels remained suspended in some areas there could be some reasons for that. It is inappropriate to start criticising the government without probing deeply the facts, he added.

He said that earlier the transmission of three television channels was suspended and government was criticised too quickly. Later, it was learnt that government was not involved in the incident, he added.

Answering a question, the minister lamented that certain media channels launched a campaign against President Asif Ali Zardari and indecent language was used about top leadership of the country.

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Kiwis trounce India by 200 runs

DAMBULLA: New Zealand?s plan of loading their side with seamers paid off well as they bullied a carefree Indian top order under lights in Dambulla. It was a script that had worked well for India in the Asia Cup final at the same venue, but this time the shoe was on the wrong foot. New Zealand put the ball in the right places and let the conditions do the rest for them, but they had India?s technically inept batsmen to thank for crumbling without a fight.

Virender Sehwag had struggled for runs on this ground during the Asia Cup and it continued here as the two-paced nature of the pitch and the sharp movement threw his timing off-key. To his credit Sehwag tried to see the new ball away, choosing to leave them outside the off stump, as Daryl Tuffey and Kyle Mills got disconcerting bounce from a length despite not bending their backs.

Dinesh Karthik looked more assured and adjusted to the pitch by marking his guard well out of the crease. He unfurled a couple of pleasing boundaries, through the covers and wide of mid on, to calm the early nerves. Sehwag cashed in on the few occasions when the seamers strayed into his business area – short and wide outside off – and India seemed to have survived the early challenge. Things were however about to change quickly.

Tuffey had started his spell with a gentle loosener outside off that Sehwag duly dispatched to the square boundary. He rarely hit 130 kph through his spell, but gradually reworked his lengths to trouble all the batsmen.

Sehwag was the first to go, falling to his old weakness against the short ball aimed at the body. He had already survived a top-edge trying to pull Tuffey but in the seventh over, he gloved Mills through to the keeper. Karthik got a rough decision in the next over, as Tuffey struck his pads with an in-ducker and Simon Taufel upheld the appeal though the batsman was well forward.

In his short stay at the crease, Rohit Sharma had all his weaknesses as a batsman exposed: he flicked one uppishly and perilously close to midwicket, played around his front pad a couple of times before lamely guiding a short ball outside off into Ross Taylor?s hands at first slip. Suresh Raina was guilty of indecisive footwork, poking from the crease at another bait outside off from Tuffey to leave India floundering at 50 for 4.

MS Dhoni attempted to stem the rot with singles but Tuffey would not have any of that either, swooping in on a tap to the off side and throwing down the stumps with Dhoni out of his crease after being sent back by the non-striker.

Yuvraj Singh decided to play himself into form by leaving everything outside off, before crunching a pull over midwicket for four. That shot gave him the confidence to go a fuller one outside off and he too stuck to the theme of the night. In less than ten overs, India had lost their top six for 23 runs and the chase was as good as over. Praveen Kumar welcomed Jacob Oram to the crease with a fourth catch into the cordon, putting New Zealand on course for an early finish and a bonus point.

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Hindu community calls for Army?s deployment in flooded areas

The Hindu community has called for deployment of Army in the flood-affected areas of Sindh to safeguard the lives of thousands of Hindus allegedly bei

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